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Gold Coast’s Best Breweries
Kobi Facto | December 15, 2020
The craft beer scene has exploded on the Gold Coast with innovative breweries continually popping up across the city.
Local business people and even world surfing champions are recognising the burgeoning craft beer market as a smart investment and they are reaping the rewards. While this trend towards home-grown breweries is sweeping the world, the Gold Coast is establishing a reputation as a leader in the sector, with local breweries and brewers picking up national and international awards.
Here are our favourite Gold Coast breweries to share a cold one:
Burleigh Heads & Biggera Waters
What started as a hare-brained idea between three local Gold Coast lads has transformed into the brewing institution that is Black Hops. The team first launched Black Hops in Burleigh Heads and have since expanded into Biggera Waters with Black Hops II which features a full-scale production facility and taproom. Be sure to try the fellas’ legendary Eggnog Stout, Send It Session Ale, Lay Day Larger or quirky one-off original brews. You can also enjoy tasty bites and live music each weekend at Black Hops II.
BALTER was famously brought to life on the Gold Coast by local pro surfers Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Bede Durbidge and Josh Kerr, together with head brewer Scott Hargrave. Heavily awarded and now readily available in pubs, bars and bottle shops across Australia – it’s incredible to think that this fun-loving brew just launched in 2016. The spacious warehouse style Balter HQ has become a popular watering-hole for locals and visitors alike with tours, beer tasting, special events, music and food vans adding to the good vibes.
A newcomer to the Gold Coast’s craft beer scene, Precinct Brewing Co. comes from the good people at The Imlach Group (best known for Bine Beer Bar, Mr Hizola’s and Nightjar to mention a few). The sprawling venue has already achieved some serious street-cred with its iconic graffiti-covered entrance, funky warehouse-style fit out and direct pour tanks. There are over 16 craft brews to sample, wine and cocktails and a cracking menu of antipasto and gourmet pizzas.
Lost Palms is the epitome of authentic Gold Coast surf culture. The pastel pink brewery is located a short stroll from Miami Marketta in the industrial area behind Nobby’s Beach. The venue often hosts live music gigs and collaborates with local artist to specially create coastal-cool artwork for their latest cans. When it comes to cold ones, there are plenty to choose from. Classic IPAs, Pale Ale and Bitter in addition to some seriously quirky limited-edition brews. Order up a hearty Nashville Burger with loaded fries and knock back a few frothies – you won’t be disappointed.
These guys spearheaded the Gold Coast’s independent craft brewing scene that we know and love today. They have now been in business for over a decade and continue to expand their craft beef empire across the nation. Founders Peta and Brennan Fielding are passionate about the craft and continue to produce beers that are free from chemicals, preservatives and other nasties. Visit their Tap House in Burleigh Heads for stellar brews, lunch and live music every weekend.
Located in the lush hinterland of Mount Tamborine, this brewing mainstay is popular with locals and visitors alike. Pick-up a paddle to sample the Fortitude Brewing range and pair it with a mouth-watering antipasto plater featuring the famous Mount Tamborine Witches Chase cheeses.
This family owned, local artisan brewery situated in Tweed Heads proudly produces a selection of lagers, ales, pilsners and dark beers, as well as a popular alcoholic Jinja Beer, using the finest malts, hops and grains available. Pop in for brewery tours, beer tasting, party keg hire and specialised brewing services.
Good things come in small packages, right? The Aardvark and Arrow is a Small Batch Brewery known for its speciality and custom-order beers. Each brew is lovingly hand-crafted onsite in Varsity Lakes. The team also offer a wide range of products and services to beer enthusiast who are keen to refine their own craft.